Tjaarke Maas

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Tjaarke Hendrika Maria Maas
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"Self portrait with beads" mixed media, gold leaf on wood sm 34X24,5 Fiesole, Italy, 2000
Tjaarke Hendrika Maas

26 October 1974
Lopik,(Prov.of Utrecht) Nederlands
DiedJune 2004 (2004-07) (aged 29)
Assisi, Italy
Nationality Dutch
Known for Painting, Drawing, Etching

Tjaarke Hendrika Maria Maas (26 October 1974 – June 2004) was a Dutch painter, whose work came to public attention in the late 1990s.



Tjaarke Maas started to paint in her early childhood, in Tasmania, Australia, where her family had immigrated from the Netherlands. At the age of 17 she returned to Europe and studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. She continued her studies in New York, where she was introduced to the art of icon painting. At the age of 18, Maas was married, and to support her family began to work as a model, travelling extensively throughout Europe, visiting Japan and Australia.

From 1996 Maas lived in Florence, Italy, where she studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and graduated in 2003 with diploma cum laude. [1] She combined painting and writing about icons with studying the theology of the image. At the same time, she also wrote poetry, prose and fairy-tales for children. [2] She produced more than 500 artwork, consisting of paintings, etchings, drawings and sketches.[ citation needed ]

At age 26, Maas was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[ citation needed ] A few years later, Maas found refuge in the forests surrounding the Hermit Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi (Eremo delle Carceri) to continue her work on icons as commissioned by the priest Don Gino. She died of a fall from one of the slopes of Monte Subasio, where she was found on 8 July 2004 [3] at age 29. According to her sister, Marise Maas, her death was due to suicide and Tjaarke had vanished some time earlier. [4] In a small cave, where Maas dwelt, her work on an unfinished icon, an image of the Transfiguration was found.[ citation needed ]

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  1. Tjaarke Maas Thesis “Un’introduzione alle tecniche ed ai significati dell’ICONOGRAFIA RUSSO-BIZANTINA”
  2. Tjaarke Maas, Pilgrim, 1996-2004, ИПЦ СПбГУТД, St.Petersburg 2009, pp15,16,20,28,30,34,38,42,49,62,64,70,74,78
  4. Chris Beck (2004-10-30). "Cry freedom". The Age. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  5. 2004 - Grand Gallery, SoHo, New York City USA
  6. 2004 - Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ, USA
  7. 1999- Solo. “Piccioni”, Pane e Vino, Florence, Italy
  8. 2005 - Tjaarke Maas, Opere 1999-2004, Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Florence, Italy
  9. Tjaarke Maas, Маcтерская (Masterskaya) 1996–2004 The Moscow State Museum of M. Bulgakov, Russia
  10. Krielaars, Michel (24 May 2009). "Tjaarke Maas schildert Buelgakov". NRC Handelsblad.
  11. Tjaarke Maas, Pilgrim, 1996-2004, The State Museum of Anna Akhmatova, St. Petersburg, Russia
  12. "Пилигрим с итальянским акцентом" Вадим МИХАЙЛОВ, (news-paper article) Санкт-Петербургские Ведомости, Выпуск № 086 от 15.05.2009
  13. Выставка работ Чаркэ Маас "Пилигрим". (article) 5 мая 2009,

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